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What can I do to improve my chances of being accepted into Honors?

Where can I find information on the credit I will receive for my AP, IB, or SAT II subject tests?

Does the Honors Program offer any scholarships?

Where can I find information pertaining to Undergraduate Research within the Honors Program?

What is the Honors Program’s policy on students who are Joint Enrolled or Advanced Enrolled at UGA?

Is there a residence hall for Honors students?

What are the requirements to graduate from the Honors Program at UGA?

What are the differences between Honors sections and traditional course sections at UGA?

What is the policy on taking graduate-level courses while in Honors?

There isn't an Honors Information Session available on the date that I want to visit. What do I do?

During my visit to UGA, I would like to sit in on an Honors class. Is that an option?

What can I do to improve my chances of being accepted into Honors?

The Honors Program at UGA follows the same basic criteria that the University evaluates when granting admission. Rigor of the high school curriculum, high school grade point average, and standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT) are all basic factors considered in Honors admission.

To improve your chances with regard to Honors admission, we suggest a challenging schedule of high school classes including Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. We evaluate transcripts and students based on the number of challenging courses they took compared to the number that were offered at their high school. Weighted grade point averages are taken into consideration, with specific emphasis on the core classes taken during high school.  Honors looks at SAT scores on the 1600 scale, though writing is required and is evaluated for admission to UGA. 

For more information on the average SAT/ACT scores and GPA for Honors admission, please visit the First-Year Profile page.

Where can I find information on the credit I will receive for my AP, IB, or SAT II subject tests?

The Office of the Registrar keeps an updated list of the credits awarded for College Board AP, International Baccalaureate, and SAT II tests. See their Credit from Testing web page for details.

Questions about credit from testing should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

Does the Honors Program offer any scholarships?

The Honors Program at UGA is proud to offer three academic scholarships for our students including the Foundation Fellowship, the Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship, and the CURO Honors Scholarship.

Where can I find information pertaining to Undergraduate Research within the Honors Program?

Housed within the Honors Program at UGA, the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) promotes opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in research with premier research faculty.

What is the Honors Program’s policy on students who are Joint Enrolled or Advanced Enrolled at UGA?

  • Students will be treated with a high school senior status.

  • Students will be eligible to apply for the Foundation Fellowship just as any other high school senior, and must comply with the deadlines as such.

  • Students with either status must complete the Honors application to be considered for the Honors Program, and will be eligible to take Honors classes, if accepted, beginning in the term of matriculation (summer or fall) after their high school graduation.

  • Students with either status will be eligible to apply for entry during the first-year into Honors after their high school graduation, according to current policies for first-year students at UGA.

  • With regard to the policy on Honors classes:

    • Students with a Joint Enrolled or Advanced Enrolled status will not be eligible to take Honors classes until they have graduated from high school and have been accepted through the Honors Application process to the Honors Program at UGA.

    • Exceptions can be made through a written appeal to the Director of the Honors Program and by special permission of the Faculty member teaching the requested Honors class.

Is there a residence hall for Honors students?

Myers Hall serves as the Honors magnet residence hall at UGA. This beautifully renovated hall is home to 250 first-year Honors students, affording them the opportunity to live and study in a learning community of like-minded peers.  An Honors satellite advising office is also conveniently located in Myers Hall.

For more detailed information about Myers Hall and other housing options for students, please visit the University Housing website.

What are the requirements to graduate from the Honors Program at UGA?

In addition to completing an Introduction to Honors course during the first semester of the Program, students are expected to take a minimum of nine Honors sections and maintain a 3.4 average GPA during their time at UGA. More info here.

What are the differences between Honors sections and traditional course sections at UGA?

All courses at the University are taught by traditional UGA faculty. Three areas in which Honors students are likely to see differences within their Honors sections of courses are: smaller faculty to student ratios (average 1-17), more of an emphasis on discussion and group work instead of a lecture based format within the classroom, and courses themselves tend to be more academically enhanced due to a student’s contact with primary sources.

What is the policy on taking graduate-level courses while in Honors?

Honors students with sufficient background are encouraged to participate in graduate courses, with the approval of the department, the Honors Program, and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree
The program allows qualified undergraduates to pursue a curriculum leading to a bachelor’s (AB/BS) and a master’s (MA/MS) degree in four years.

There isn't an Honors Information Session available on the date that I want to visit. What do I do?

Please contact the Honors Program by email at honors@uga.edu or by calling us at 706-542-3240.

During my visit to UGA, I would like to sit in on an Honors class. Is that an option?

The Honors Program does not set up individual class visits for prospective students. Each academic department and faculty member on campus has his or her own policy regarding visiting students and class observation.
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